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The Ultimate Protein Guide

January 3, 2019
Written by Cody McBroom

Let’s talk Protein. Highly debated, greatly misunderstood, over-consumed by gym rats, and vastly under-consumed by the general population.

It’s a topic I get asked about every single week by followers on instagram or via email for the podcast and in all honesty, it’s actually one of my favorite topics because it’s such an important macronutrient that it’s pretty easy to talk about.

But before we get into all that, here’s what you need to know:

Protein is critical for many human processes, so neglecting it can be detrimental to your health and physical progress.

Not all proteins are created equal, so the type you consume actually is important to consider when focusing on body composition changes.

Eating 0.7g/lb. is enough but most likely subpar or less than ideal.

Eating above 1.2g/lb. is not dangerous but doesn’t show much added benefits by any means.

When dieting (in a caloric deficit) you may benefit from raising protein higher than your normal intake.

When massing (in a caloric surplus) it makes sense to bring protein down to the lower end of the range, because carbs/fats will be set higher.

Let’s start this article off by defining what protein actually is, because I think it’s important to truly understand what you’re consuming as a human being – be that you’re a serious lifter, athlete, or just the garage gym meathead looking to lose his beer belly.

No matter who you are, if you’re reading this or participating in any nutritional protocol, you should be educating yourself on the what, why and how’s of everything. Without educating yourself, you will not understand how this will work for you long-term and more importantly you will not be as consistent in the short term (this is why inside our nutrition coaching, we prioritize client education – click here to apply today).

PROTEIN – Pro·tein

Any of a class of nitrogenous organic compounds that consist of large molecules composed of one or more long chains of amino acids and are an essential part of all living organisms, especially as structural components of body tissues such as muscle, hair, collagen, etc., and as enzymes and antibodies.

Ok – now, for all the people reading this who are not scientists or geeks like me.

Protein is a macronutrient that contains 4 calories per gram, meaning if you consume 100 grams of protein – you’ve consume 400 calories.

Protein is an essential nutrient, which means we cannot survive without consumption of it on a daily basis for extended periods of time. This is why it’s glamorized so much, rightfully so, and people tend to lean on it as the crux in any nutritional protocol.

It’s primarily found in animal sources (more advice on where to find it later in the article) but can also be found inside other sources, like nuts and legumes.

Protein as a molecule is made up of amino acids, which are known as the building blocks of protein. They literally make up protein; you can look at it just like macros make calories – because within calories, there are macronutrients. Although it’s different, this may help you understand that you can’t really have one without the other.

There are 21 amino acids in total, but only 9 are essential. It doesn’t mean that the rest aren’t important, this just means they’re essential for consumption because your body and cells cannot produce them – so we must consume them.

Within the essential amino acids (histidine, isoleucine, leucine, lysine, methionine, phenylalanine, threonine, tryptophan and valine), there are 3 very common ones sold inside BCAA supplementation – these are isoleucine, leucine, and valine.  The reason these are often secluded for supplementation is because these 3 have the greatest effect on muscle protein synthesis, specifically leucine.

Only issue here is that many studies allude to the fact that even these “BCAA’s” work much better when in combination with all the essential 9 amino acids, which makes consuming EAA’s or whey protein possibly more advantageous. It’s up for debate but my opinion is of the later or even better… EAT REAL FOOD!

What Can Protein Do For You?

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Improve Health, Performance, Muscle Mass, Fat Loss…

Now that you understand what protein is in its truest form, let’s get onto the applicable stuff.

I’m going to first break down WHY you need to be consuming protein, going over the main benefits of consuming enough protein.

Then we will finish off by going over some specific calculations for you to leave here with so you can apply what you’ve learned today and start seeing better results, pretty much immediately.

MUSCLE MASS GROWTH / RETENTION

Protein is the foundation for muscle tissue, in fact muscle tissue, in a way, IS protein – literally. Muscles are made up of two types of filaments, actin and myosin – which are both proteins.

Like all proteins, they’re made up of amino acids that are all linked together. A good way to think of it, stealing from Sarah Dacres Mannings, is to picture protein like a wall, with all the amino acids being the bricks. If you want to build up the wall, you need the bricks. Just like if you want to build muscle, you need amino acids (protein).

Because of this, there have been countless studies to show that protein is necessary for the act of building muscle tissue [1,2].

So when looking at changing your physique, whether you want body fat loss or muscle mass growth or realistically even performance enhancement because it takes protein in order to build muscle and therefore strength/work capacity… you just need to intake enough protein, it’s a requirement.

When we push harder into fat loss, it actually becomes even more critical to have enough because you cannot maintain muscle mass without taking in enough protein, specifically when in a caloric deficit because you lose all.

In fact, studies will actually show that muscle protein synthesis increases in dieting individuals who increase protein levels just above a typical dose of 1g/lb. [4,5]. This means that the anabolic response in an individual’s muscle is more likely to occur when following a higher protein intake, which is a very important aspect when striving to build or maintain muscle mass during a cut.

What studies have also shown is that supplementing with a protein source pre and post workout results in maintaining more muscle mass and gaining more strength, during a caloric deficit, compared to a group only consuming carbohydrates. There is definitely an argument for consuming both, explained in my carb article, but the fact doesn’t change that protein needs to be a staple.

They have also shown satiation to be higher, making a deficit more manageable and consistency to be easier, and stress and fatigue to be lower in individuals dieting on a higher protein approach [3].

What all of this ultimately means, is that regardless of our physical goal – be that performance, muscle mass, or fat loss – following a higher protein diet is going to be beneficial for your muscle tissue, but we’ll get onto what a higher protein intake looks like later on.

TEF (THERMIC EFFECT OF FOOD)

One very well known benefit to protein is that the TEF is much higher than any other macronutrient. More accurate research discusses “DIT” or “Diet Induced Thermogenesis”, but nonetheless they’re pretty much the same thing.

Protein has a TEF of 20-30%, whereas carbs sat at about 5-10%, and fats stay between 0-3% [6].

This essentially means we burn more of what we consume in caloric expenditure via digestion and absorption with protein compared to any other nutrient.

So what does this mean for your body composition?

It means that there is more caloric expenditure and a higher metabolic effect when eating protein. This is a good thing when on a diet aiming for fat loss, because we will not only be preserving more muscle mass while consuming a high protein diet but we will also be increasing our energy expenditure.

APPETITE REDUCTION

We already touched on this inside the muscle mass section, but it’s worth saying twice with some science to back it up because it’s just that important inside a weight loss nutritional strategy.

Protein is the most satiating nutrient, meaning it makes you feel more full than carbohydrates or fats do. Now this can be pretty individual, especially in the satiety rate with carbs vs. fats – some people do better on one rather than the other.

But protein will always reign king in staying full because a.) protein reduces your level of the hunger hormone ghrelin, which can regulate appetite, and b.) because it also boosts the satiety hormone peptide YY, which also makes you feel full [7,8].

YOU CAN’T OVER-EAT PROTEIN

I mean this in two different ways.

The first being that it’s almost impossible to get fat on lean protein sources because… well… it’s just hard! Can you eat 2 cups of egg whites for breakfast, 3 chicken breasts for lunch, 2 steaks for dinner, and a bowl of cottage cheese for desert? Probably not, you will be STUFFED.

Now, I never recommend this much protein to our clients because there’s no significant benefit to increasing your protein higher and higher, plus this would be a gastric disaster.

But I do recommend a higher protein diet and it proves to be successful in 99% of the people we work with (there’s always the 1%) because it keeps them full, helps maintain and build muscle mass, burns more calories through the TEF, and last but not least – it almost literally cannot be stored as body fat.

In fact, they’ve done multiple studies where individuals consumed upwards of 2g/lb. of bodyweight (5.5 times the commonly recommended dose) for short periods and even 2 full years. Even though there were extra calories coming in via protein, this group did not add any excess body fat or have any negative health implications [9,10].

What this tells us is that a.) protein is very unlikely to be stored as body fat, ever, and that b.) a very high protein diet, although not conducive to extra muscle or strength, does not have any adverse health risks associated with it.

PROTEIN DEMANDS INCREASE AS YOU AGE

As we get older, many processes stop or at least slow down – its just part of the human life cycle. Luckily keeping protein higher can actually prevent these catabolic processes from happening.

Both bone health/growth and muscle tissue health/growth declines as we age, but protein directly impacts these in a positive way by helping us maintain more of this tissue and preventing breakdown [11].

Another process that slows down as we age is actually muscle protein synthesis – the anabolic effect protein has on our body. Because of this, we should actually be increasing protein a bit higher than average as we age. So even if you stop chasing the 6-pack as you get older, you’ll still need to be aware of your daily protein intake.

So What Types Of Protein Should I Be Consuming?

Picture of a steak
Meat? Fish? Dairy? Plant-Based? What actually works…?!

This is a controversial topic, simply because my recommendations are not going to abide by the guidelines of a vegan or vegetarian.

So I must start this by saying, we work with both vegans and vegetarians and have for years now. So in saying what follows, it does not mean results are impossible if you’re not consuming animal products.

But what the literature shows us is that plant based proteins are less bioavailable and therefore do not have the same MPS/Anabolic effect that animal sources tend to have. So when targeting body composition changes and performance enhancement, it is advantageous to consume animal based proteins.

There are ways around this as a vegan or vegetarian, however. Things like supplementation, nutrient timing, and aiming for specific plant based foods to be the majority of your protein intake. Check out our article on this topic, right here.

The main reason why animal based proteins tend to be more advantageous to body composition changes is because their amino acid profile is better than that of plant based sources.

This basically means that the amino acid build up inside vegan sources is not complete, whereas animal protein sources do have a complete amino acid build up and this leads to better absorption of the right amino acids (leucine, specifically) which therefore leads to more lean muscle tissue growth and/or maintenance [12, 13, 14, 15, 16].

Lean Protein Sources (* Fattier Sources)
  • Chicken Breast
  • Lean Cuts of Steak
  • Fish
  • Turkey Breasts
  • Ground Turkey
  • Low-Fat and Non-Fat Dairy
  • Egg Whites
  • Protein Powder
  • Salmon*
  • Tuna*
  • Lamb*
  • Whole Eggs*
  • Rib Eye, NY Strip, Etc.*
  • Grass Fed Beef*
  • Wild Game*

How Much Protein Should I Be Consuming?

Jay Cutler Drinking Protein
Isn’t it funny that these ads really worked back in the day?! I remember being sucked into SO many supplements because of Jay Cutler in Muscle Mags…

THAT is the million-dollar question, isn’t it?!

And as you can probably imagine, if you know me at all… my answer is, it depends.

Studies show that there isn’t much difference in the results of body composition change occurring between 0.72g/lb. to 1.09 g/lb. (both which are higher percentages than most diets). But what they did find is that the athletes on higher protein noted less fatigue from training and did not store extra body fat despite the extra calories coming from protein, as we discussed earlier on.

The big take away is simple… If you like to eat some extra protein, do it. It really can’t harm you and there is a high probability that it actually may benefit you, especially if you’re in a serious deficit for a period of dieting.

My recommendation is to set it at your 0.7-1.2g per lb. of your bodyweight depending on where you’re at in the body composition spectrum (see below).

Protein Requirements For Cutting/Fat Loss
50+ lb.’s or More 0.7g x BW
30-50 lb.’s 0.8g x BW
15-30lb.’s 0.9 – 1g x BW
0-10lb.’s 1 – 1.2g x BW

 

Protein Requirements For Gaining/Muscle Gain
Beginner 0.8g x BW
Intermediate/Advanced 1.0g x BW

 

Protein Requirements For Maintenance
Ages 18-30 0.8-1g x BW
Ages 30-50 1.0-1.1g x BW
Ages 50+ 1.0-1.2g x BW
The exceptions with age related intakes are dependent on current muscle and body fat levels, so this is the most varying and individual table of the three.

To summarize the equation tables (all which are pulled from our free diet guide, The Nutrition HierarchyDownload it HERE):

→ When an individual has a lot of weight to lose and is starting from the obese phase, we can use much less protein within the diet because of the already stored energy on their body. Also, their lean body mass or true body mass weight is much smaller than their total weight on the scale, which lowers the protein target greatly.

→ As we go into a caloric deficit, protein intake becomes not only more critical for muscle and performance maintenance but also for satiety, which is a big factor inside dietary consistency and adherence. Therefore at times, going over the “needed” protein target is safe and recommended (1.0-1.2g/lb.)

→ As we become older or more advanced in our training, protein may become more critical because our sensitization and processes become dampened.

→ As our caloric intake increases and we lean more towards a mass building phase, protein needs lower because we are taking in more carbohydrates and fats – which serve as fuel and protein sparing nutrients. In other words, our bodies become less dependent or scarce for protein.

Protein may be one of the most influential and critical nutrients when it comes to changing your body composition.

So it’s important for you to track, measure and be aware of how much you’re taking in. We work with many of our clients on not only this, but all of the macronutrients – so that they have a completely individualized nutritional intake that supports their lifestyle, energy demands, training recovery needs, and body composition goals.

But there are many times where we simply prioritize calories and protein, leaving carbs and fats to land wherever the individual please. We do this because that is what works for THAT specific individual in the long run.

At Boom Boom Performance, that’s our number 1 priority: Seeing that the client is being educated, seeing results, and sustaining the progress they’re making, without sacrificing their lifestyle or being overwhelmed.

If you’d like to apply for Nutrition Coaching, so that you can experience the same results the hundreds of people we’re helping do – Click Here Now.


References:
  1. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25169440
  2. https://jissn.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/1550-2783-9-42
  3. Helms, E.R, et al., High-protein, low-fat, short-term diet results in less stress and fatigue than moderate-protein moderate-fat diet during weight loss in male weightlifters: a pilot study. Int J Sport Nutr Exerc Metab, 2015. 25(2): p. 163-70
  4. Pasiakos, S.M., et al., Effects of high-protein diets on fat-free mass and muscle protein synthesis following weight loss: a randomized controlled trial. FASEB Journal, 2013. 27(9): p.3837-47
  5. Dudgeon. W.D., Kelley, E.P., Scheett, T.P., Effect of Whey Protein in Conjunction with a Caloric-Restricted Diet and Resistance Training. J Strength Cond Red, 2017. 31(5): p.1353-61
  6. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC524030/
  7. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16469977
  8. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1550413106002713
  9. https://jissn.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/1550-2783-11-19
  10. https://jissn.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/1550-2783-12-S1-P37
  11. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18469288
  12. https://jissn.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/1550-2783-10-S1-P12
  13. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11312815
  14. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19678968
  15. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10584048
  16. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23636241

Cody McBroom is owner and head coach of Boom Boom Performance. He’s a Strength Coach and Nutrition Expert located in Seattle WA. He coaches people in person and online, now internationally. His passion is helping individuals changing their lives through body composition transformation, as well as creating content across all platforms to help individuals and other coaches learn more about training and nutrition.

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The Most Important Amino Acid & How To Optimize Your Meals With It (Leucine Threshold)
Nutrition
The Most Important Amino Acid & How To Optimize Your Meals With It (Leucine Threshold)

The Importance Of Leucine Threshold For Building and Retaining Lean Body Mass   Leucine threshold….

Nutrition
Designing The Perfect Workout Finisher
Training
Designing The Perfect Workout Finisher

Let’s talk about finishers. First – what exactly IS a finisher? You can’t beat the…

Training
The Complete Guide To Dietary Fats
Nutrition
The Complete Guide To Dietary Fats

Dietary fats are essential to give your body energy and to support cell growth, they…

Nutrition
The Ultimate Hardgainer Guide to Getting Jacked
Training
The Ultimate Hardgainer Guide to Getting Jacked

You’re reading this because you feel skinny, unathletic, weaker than you should be, or as…

Training
[Daily Dose] Power List.
Daily Dose
[Daily Dose] Power List.

Power List. One of the most SIMPLE things you can do to get more shit…

Daily Dose
Top 3 Overrated Fads, in the Diet World
Nutrition
Top 3 Overrated Fads, in the Diet World

Today my goal is simple and hopefully a quick one… That is to break down,…

Nutrition
5 Laws of Conditioning
Training
5 Laws of Conditioning

A lot of people get confused about or over think their cardio/conditioning. This could be…

Training
The Final 10lbs…
Nutrition
The Final 10lbs…

The last 10lbs… It’s like the final put in a golf game. Precision comes into…

Nutrition
Training Under The Influence
Training
Training Under The Influence

After reading the title I’m sure your all a bit confused, why would you train…

Training
Are Body Fat Machines Accurate? [Truth About Body Fat Testing]
Coaching
Are Body Fat Machines Accurate? [Truth About Body Fat Testing]

That’s a question I get quite often inside of our coaching practice and rightfully so,…

Coaching
Nutrition Periodization (The Revised and Simplified Guide)
Nutrition
Nutrition Periodization (The Revised and Simplified Guide)

Nutrition periodization is something that I’ve been passionate about teaching for a long time now….

Nutrition
11 Reasons You Need Fish Oil
Nutrition
11 Reasons You Need Fish Oil

Inflammation is the leading cause of chronic disease in today’s society. Thankfully, there are various…

Nutrition
"The Perfect Diet: Paleo + IIFYM + Intermittent Fasting" Ft. on DrJohnRusin.com
Nutrition
"The Perfect Diet: Paleo + IIFYM + Intermittent Fasting" Ft. on DrJohnRusin.com

Getting stuck into a dogmatic approach or claiming a “camp” with your nutrition, is dumb….

Nutrition
Metabolic Adaptation and Concurrent Training [October Research Round Up]
Nutrition
Metabolic Adaptation and Concurrent Training [October Research Round Up]

Each month I will cover two research articles on nutrition, training, sleep, supplements, or anything…

Nutrition
[Daily Dose] Your Time is Worth More Than Money.
Daily Dose
[Daily Dose] Your Time is Worth More Than Money.

Your Time is Worth More Than Money. I’m the type of person who values his…

Daily Dose
What Do YOU Stand For?
Lifestyle
What Do YOU Stand For?

What do you stand for? No really, don’t just read that… Ask yourself and seriously…

Lifestyle
How Much Protein Can You Absorb In One Meal?
Nutrition
How Much Protein Can You Absorb In One Meal?

What Does “Protein Absorption” Mean…? From a nutritional view, absorption describes the passage of nutrients…

Nutrition
[Daily Dose] Every detail matters.
Daily Dose
[Daily Dose] Every detail matters.

Every detail matters. I’m writing you from my hotel room, here in St. Louis, while…

Daily Dose
"Eating Organic" – All Hype? Or Vital For Health?
Nutrition
"Eating Organic" – All Hype? Or Vital For Health?

Organic food…. Is it worth the extra money? Will you get sick and diet if…

Nutrition
[Daily Dose] Quick results are a lie.
Daily Dose
[Daily Dose] Quick results are a lie.

Quick results are a lie. I’d have you consider that success isn’t an easy game…

Daily Dose
Body Recomposition (Learn To Burn Fat and Build Muscle, Simultaneously)
Nutrition
Body Recomposition (Learn To Burn Fat and Build Muscle, Simultaneously)

Depending on what studies you read, you might find that, technically, building muscle while burning…

Nutrition
[Daily Dose] They Thought They Took Steroids…
Daily Dose
[Daily Dose] They Thought They Took Steroids…

They Thought They Took Steroids… This is probably the most remarkable study ever done inside…

Daily Dose
7 Most Frequently Asked Nutrition Questions
Nutrition
7 Most Frequently Asked Nutrition Questions

# 1 – I’m Ready To Get Fit! But Where Do I Start…? Most people…

Nutrition
[Daily Dose] 6 Quotes + 3 Steps To Supercharge Your Monday
Daily Dose
[Daily Dose] 6 Quotes + 3 Steps To Supercharge Your Monday

6 Quotes + 3 Steps To Supercharge Your Monday Today, I need to bring some…

Daily Dose
The Beginner’s Guide Series [ALL VIDEOS]
Nutrition
The Beginner’s Guide Series [ALL VIDEOS]

My goal with this blog, is to bring all of “The Beginner’s Guide” videos to…

Nutrition
Lower Body Training Session Vlog (Working Around Low-Back Issues)
Training
Lower Body Training Session Vlog (Working Around Low-Back Issues)

  Today I’ll be doing something a bit different than usual, going to do a…

Training
The 10 Rituals For Better Living
Lifestyle
The 10 Rituals For Better Living

If you follow my blog pretty consistently, you’ve probably been noticing that I have been…

Lifestyle
[Daily Dose] Crucial conversations.
Daily Dose
[Daily Dose] Crucial conversations.

Crucial conversations. This is the title of a book (i.e. Crucial Conversations) that I’ve read…

Daily Dose
[Daily Dose] Have you quit yet?
Daily Dose
[Daily Dose] Have you quit yet?

Have you quit yet? It’s February 1st today… So that means you need to audit…

Daily Dose
3 Exercises That Should NEVER Leave Your Program
Training
3 Exercises That Should NEVER Leave Your Program

There is no “Best Exercise”, just like there is no “Best Diet”. That’s just the…

Training
Metabolic Adaptation: Why Your Metabolism Slows Down and How To Fix It
Nutrition
Metabolic Adaptation: Why Your Metabolism Slows Down and How To Fix It

Metabolic adaptation has many names. It is referred to as “starvation mode” or “metabolic damage”…

Nutrition
The Simplicity Of Success
Nutrition
The Simplicity Of Success

I’m a trainer at a gym (the best gym in state… just sayin’), I am…

Nutrition
[Daily Dose] Repeat After Me…
Daily Dose
[Daily Dose] Repeat After Me…

Repeat After Me… This will be short, not necessarily sweet, and very much to the…

Daily Dose
The Definitive Guide to Getting Lean After Your Freshman 15
Nutrition
The Definitive Guide to Getting Lean After Your Freshman 15

As many of you probably know, the “Freshman 15” is very real. In fact, the…

Nutrition
Why YOU Should Add Super-Shakes To Your Diet [PLUS 4 Recipes!]
Nutrition
Why YOU Should Add Super-Shakes To Your Diet [PLUS 4 Recipes!]

Super-shakes are an awesome addition to almost anyone’s diet and so many people are failing…

Nutrition
[Daily Dose] Don’t Live With “What If’s”
Daily Dose
[Daily Dose] Don’t Live With “What If’s”

Don’t Live With “What If’s” If you ask any person who is over the age…

Daily Dose
[Daily Dose] Fuck mediocrity.
Daily Dose
[Daily Dose] Fuck mediocrity.

Fuck mediocrity. Look around. At each area of your life. Your body. Your mind. Your…

Daily Dose
A Crash Course On Your Hormones (What You Need To Know)
Physiology
A Crash Course On Your Hormones (What You Need To Know)

You scroll through your Instagram and you read a post which says “Could your hormones…

Physiology
How To Count Your Steps For Weight Loss
Science
How To Count Your Steps For Weight Loss

Does Your Body Adapt To NEAT Or Walking, Making Your Step Count Less Effective At…

Science
[Daily Dose] The gift is WITHIN the process…
Daily Dose
[Daily Dose] The gift is WITHIN the process…

The gift is WITHIN the process… This week we’re hosting a coaching mastermind at the…

Daily Dose
[Daily Dose] “WHY NOT YOU….?”
Daily Dose
[Daily Dose] “WHY NOT YOU….?”

“WHY NOT YOU….?” There’s something about being a human that innately slows you down or…

Daily Dose
[Daily Dose] “SHUT UP, WEAK-BRAIN! // Speak up, strong-brain!”
Daily Dose
[Daily Dose] “SHUT UP, WEAK-BRAIN! // Speak up, strong-brain!”

“SHUT UP, WEAK-BRAIN! // Speak up, strong-brain!” I committed to a handful of habits for…

Daily Dose
Yoga For Meatheads (Should Weightlifters Do Yoga?)
Training
Yoga For Meatheads (Should Weightlifters Do Yoga?)

Many guys (and even gals) who are into strength training switch off when they hear…

Training
[Daily Dose] TRY HARDER.
Daily Dose
[Daily Dose] TRY HARDER.

TRY HARDER. Try harder. Period. And I should just end it here. Because honestly… why…

Daily Dose
[Daily Dose] You should love how you look!
Daily Dose
[Daily Dose] You should love how you look!

You should love how you look! I saw a picture that was taken of me…

Daily Dose
Why YOU Are Not Getting Results.
Nutrition
Why YOU Are Not Getting Results.

I think everyone, at least once within his or her training history, has been stuck….

Nutrition
[FREE NUTRITION COURSE] Learning How To Eat For Results, The Right Way.
Nutrition
[FREE NUTRITION COURSE] Learning How To Eat For Results, The Right Way.

Macro’s, Calories, “Clean Eating”, Food Tracking Software, Going Keto, Intermittent Fasting, Paleo… The fitness nutrition…

Nutrition
[Daily Dose] Your efforts need to match your goals.
Daily Dose
[Daily Dose] Your efforts need to match your goals.

Your efforts need to match your goals. I attended a webinar recently and the speaker…

Daily Dose
High Carb vs. Low Carb… Which one is better?
Nutrition
High Carb vs. Low Carb… Which one is better?

Seems that in today’s society, specifically the dieting world, you need to be in part…

Nutrition
4 Ways To Increase Productivity Towards YOUR Goals
Lifestyle
4 Ways To Increase Productivity Towards YOUR Goals

“Productivity is never an accident. It is always the commitment to excellence, intelligent planning, and…

Lifestyle
[Daily Dose] YOLO…
Daily Dose
[Daily Dose] YOLO…

YOLO… There’s something about being a human that innately slows you down or tries to…

Daily Dose
How To Individualize Your Nutrition Plan (8 Ways To Tailor Your Diet)
Nutrition
How To Individualize Your Nutrition Plan (8 Ways To Tailor Your Diet)

To Individualize what you do, is not only the most optimal way to see results;…

Nutrition
KAIZEN
Lifestyle
KAIZEN

“Continuous Improvement” “Embrace Change” “Change for the Better” These are all definitions of the Japanese…

Lifestyle
[Daily Dose] Become Your Own Stoic.
Daily Dose
[Daily Dose] Become Your Own Stoic.

Become Your Own Stoic. You ever wonder how stoics and the old famous philosophers became…

Daily Dose
[Daily Dose] Why I’m not losing any weight…
Daily Dose
[Daily Dose] Why I’m not losing any weight…

Why I’m not losing any weight… This is me being totally transparent… And my nutrition…

Daily Dose
LEAVE A LEGACY, LIVE FOREVER.
Coaching
LEAVE A LEGACY, LIVE FOREVER.

It’s tough for us to say, but we will all someday be dead. Finished. Non-existent….

Coaching
Fitness Gimmicks VS. Lifestyle/Habits
Training
Fitness Gimmicks VS. Lifestyle/Habits

Everybody see’s all the gimmicks when it comes to fitness and the fads the industry…

Training
What Becoming an IFBB Bikini Pro Taught Me
Coaching
What Becoming an IFBB Bikini Pro Taught Me

Dieting down to get stage lean might be one of the most strict diets on…

Coaching
How Much Protein Is Too Much? [What The Research Says]
Nutrition
How Much Protein Is Too Much? [What The Research Says]

I have heard countless times, whether in magazines, from YouTubers, vegans and even health professionals…

Nutrition
EPISODE 2: Determination Leads to Success
Lifestyle
EPISODE 2: Determination Leads to Success

Week 1 is complete! And DAMN…. That was a long week! But the best feeling…

Lifestyle
[Daily Dose] Cultivate Your Power Tribe.
Daily Dose
[Daily Dose] Cultivate Your Power Tribe.

Cultivate Your Power Tribe. I’m really struggling to find the words for this daily dose……

Daily Dose
5 Reasons Meal Timing Matters
Nutrition
5 Reasons Meal Timing Matters

Meal timing was a HUGE thing in the fitness, health and nutrition industry for a…

Nutrition
6 Easy Changes To Kick Start Your Fitness Journey
Lifestyle
6 Easy Changes To Kick Start Your Fitness Journey

So you want to start exercising and eating “clean,” but where do you start? There…

Lifestyle
Does Training To Failure Maximize Strength and Hypertrophy? [Research Review]
Training
Does Training To Failure Maximize Strength and Hypertrophy? [Research Review]

Research Review #10 Brandon Roberts, Ph.D., CSCS*D Chief Science Officer *Note from Brandon: if you…

Training
Cardio… what’s right, what sucks, and implementing it yourself.
Training
Cardio… what’s right, what sucks, and implementing it yourself.

Cardio… Man, it sucks. Plain and simple. None of us like it, yet all of…

Training
[Daily Dose] Ready, Aim, FIRE. Repeat.
Daily Dose
[Daily Dose] Ready, Aim, FIRE. Repeat.

Ready, Aim, FIRE. Repeat. I’m going to keep this short and sweet today. There is…

Daily Dose
Boom-Boom’s Protein Balls [Recipe + Macros]
Nutrition
Boom-Boom’s Protein Balls [Recipe + Macros]

What could be a better snack then something high in protein, low in calories, easy…

Nutrition
3 Key Things That GUARANTEE Results.
Nutrition
3 Key Things That GUARANTEE Results.

Access, Association, and Accountability. Within the first line of this article, I’ve given you the…

Nutrition
[Daily Dose] The Pursuit of Fulfillment
Daily Dose
[Daily Dose] The Pursuit of Fulfillment

The Pursuit of Fulfillment Someone asked me on my IG story Q&A the other day,…

Daily Dose
5 Things I Wish I Knew When Starting My Weightloss Journey
Lifestyle
5 Things I Wish I Knew When Starting My Weightloss Journey

Many people don’t know this, but I was once a fat kid, or as my…

Lifestyle
What is the easiest diet to stay on?
Nutrition
What is the easiest diet to stay on?

Over 15-million google searches tells us that this is one of the most commonly asked…

Nutrition
What SHOULD & SHOULDN’T Run Through Your Mind, On Your Death Bed
Lifestyle
What SHOULD & SHOULDN’T Run Through Your Mind, On Your Death Bed

I get asked the questions, “If I could recommend one book, what would it be?”…

Lifestyle
Fast & Efficient Recovery
Training
Fast & Efficient Recovery

When it comes to training there are always some aspects that people leave out or…

Training
A man going trough his rever dieting documents on an iMac
Reverse Dieting 101 [Your Guide and Explanation To All Things Reverse Dieting]
Nutrition
Reverse Dieting 101 [Your Guide and Explanation To All Things Reverse Dieting]

Reverse Dieting is a subject that gets talked about A LOT… and for good reason….

Nutrition
Does Periodization Matter For Hypertrophy Training?
Science
Does Periodization Matter For Hypertrophy Training?

What is Training Periodization? Periodization is the manipulation of training variables over time to reach…

Science
Top 3 Micronutrients You Are Missing, Yet Desperately Need
Nutrition
Top 3 Micronutrients You Are Missing, Yet Desperately Need

At some point in time, micronutrients became really uncool to consider as an important part…

Nutrition
7 Reasons Your Diet Is Failing
Nutrition
7 Reasons Your Diet Is Failing

I got some unfortunate news for you today…. Every single diet you’ve ever tried, thought…

Nutrition
Defining Your Appreciation
Lifestyle
Defining Your Appreciation

I recently heard a story of a young man; so young he can barely drink…

Lifestyle
Downhill Metabolisms [What Actually Happens When We Diet]
Nutrition
Downhill Metabolisms [What Actually Happens When We Diet]

For a while you could hear the words “broken metabolism” everywhere in the online space….

Nutrition
Why Fad Diet’s Work… At First.
Nutrition
Why Fad Diet’s Work… At First.

Fad diets do work, at first. And then the results slowly taper off until they…

Nutrition
The World’s Greatest Morning Routine (Use This Proven Point System)
Lifestyle
The World’s Greatest Morning Routine (Use This Proven Point System)

That’s a bold statement… the world’s GREATEST morning routine. But in all honesty, I truly…

Lifestyle
How To Use A TDEE and BMR Calculator To Lose Weight
Nutrition
How To Use A TDEE and BMR Calculator To Lose Weight

How To Use TDEE and BMR Calculator To Lose Weight BMR (Basal Metabolic Rate) and…

Nutrition
What Are The Health Benefits To Eating Organ Meat?
Nutrition
What Are The Health Benefits To Eating Organ Meat?

Food fads come and go. An acai bowl one year, hemp hearts the next. Superfoods…

Nutrition
[VIDEO BLOG] The Smartest Approach To Program Design
Training
[VIDEO BLOG] The Smartest Approach To Program Design

Training program design, is a pretty big deal. I mean… it’s LITERALLY the thing that…

Training
Contagious Inspiration
Coaching
Contagious Inspiration

Have you ever been inspired by someone? I mean like, truly moved and motivated to…

Coaching
Why You SHOULD Drink Coffee… [Myths vs. Truth/Benefits]
Nutrition
Why You SHOULD Drink Coffee… [Myths vs. Truth/Benefits]

As a huge coffee lover, I’ve decided to take some time today to stand my…

Nutrition
4 Unique Diet Hacks To Break Your Plateau
Nutrition
4 Unique Diet Hacks To Break Your Plateau

If you’ve been reading my work for a while, you’ll have realized by now that…

Nutrition
Understanding Gut Health (How Your Gut Determines Your Health)
Nutrition
Understanding Gut Health (How Your Gut Determines Your Health)

We covered probiotics a few weeks ago, which just barely scratched the surface of gut…

Nutrition
Nutrition For Pregnancy [Fueling Your Body Pre, During, & Post Pregnancy]
Nutrition
Nutrition For Pregnancy [Fueling Your Body Pre, During, & Post Pregnancy]

So you’re growing a human (or maybe thinking about growing a human) and therefore, you’re…

Nutrition
The Battle Against Carbs
Nutrition
The Battle Against Carbs

    So many people have a confusion towards carbs and don’t know how to treat…

Nutrition
[Daily Dose] You deserve MORE.
Daily Dose
[Daily Dose] You deserve MORE.

You deserve MORE. I’m going to keep this short and to the point. Whatever you’re…

Daily Dose
How To Track Macros When Eating At Restaurants
Nutrition
How To Track Macros When Eating At Restaurants

How To Track Macros When Eating At Restaurants In this article, I’m going to show…

Nutrition
[Daily Dose] The 10 Training Commandments.
Daily Dose
[Daily Dose] The 10 Training Commandments.

The 10 Training Commandments. Full transparency, I stole these from another strength coach (Ben Bruno)….

Daily Dose
3 Steps To Building A Better Butt
Training
3 Steps To Building A Better Butt

When I decided to write this article, my first thought was actually just being surprised…

Training
The 10 Diet Commandments
Nutrition
The 10 Diet Commandments

  In honor of the one of the greatest hip-hop artists to ever touch the…

Nutrition
EPISODE 12: Pancakes, Abs & Chasing Unicorns
Nutrition
EPISODE 12: Pancakes, Abs & Chasing Unicorns

LESS THAN 2 WEEKS OUT!!!! Wow…. I think it finally hit me that I will…

Nutrition
Your Diets Effect on Hormones & How To Benefit From Them
Nutrition
Your Diets Effect on Hormones & How To Benefit From Them

One of the most underestimated factors in achieving fitness results, which can actually be the…

Nutrition
Relationship Status : "Dieting"
Nutrition
Relationship Status : "Dieting"

Today is not about a strategy to lose more weight, a new theory on building…

Nutrition
Should You Do A Bikini Competition?
Coaching
Should You Do A Bikini Competition?

I honestly can’t believe that just over a year ago I was going hard in…

Coaching
The Ultimate Kettlebell Workout Guide
Training
The Ultimate Kettlebell Workout Guide

Kettlebell workouts are one of the most diverse training modalities out there. Depending on the…

Training
Does Caffeine HELP or STOP Fat Loss?
Nutrition
Does Caffeine HELP or STOP Fat Loss?

Caffeine can help you burn fat… But wait it can mess with your adrenal glands……

Nutrition
Boom Boom’s Fat Loss Secrets
Lifestyle
Boom Boom’s Fat Loss Secrets

As a fitness and health professional, it is a crucial must to know everything there…

Lifestyle
The 5 Metrics You MUST Be Measuring
Coaching
The 5 Metrics You MUST Be Measuring

Have you ever heard the saying, “what gets measured gets improved?” Progress can be measured…

Coaching
[Daily Dose] Don’t Avoid Difficulty, Accept It.
Daily Dose
[Daily Dose] Don’t Avoid Difficulty, Accept It.

Don’t avoid difficulty, accept it. I just started my diet a couple days ago, to…

Daily Dose
[Daily Dose] Understand Your Pain, Double Your Progress
Daily Dose
[Daily Dose] Understand Your Pain, Double Your Progress

Understand Your Pain, Double Your Progress If you don’t know what copywriting is, it’s the…

Daily Dose
[Daily Dose] The Intention-Behavior Gap.
Daily Dose
[Daily Dose] The Intention-Behavior Gap.

The Intention-Behavior Gap. This is crazy, but did you know that less than 50% of…

Daily Dose
[PODCAST INTERVIEW] OPEX Fitness: Cody "Boom Boom" McBroom
Coaching
[PODCAST INTERVIEW] OPEX Fitness: Cody "Boom Boom" McBroom

I was recently interviewed on The OPEX Fitness Podcast [OPEX: Fitness Explained] and it was…

Coaching
Fat-Loss’s Worse Enemy… Stress.
Nutrition
Fat-Loss’s Worse Enemy… Stress.

Plateaus suck. Plain and simple, they suck. You’re losing weight, getting results, and out of…

Nutrition
[Daily Dose] Stop living with “what if’s….
Daily Dose
[Daily Dose] Stop living with “what if’s….

Stop living with “what if’s…. If you ask any person who is over the age…

Daily Dose
A Strong Case For Tracking Macros
Nutrition
A Strong Case For Tracking Macros

You’ve probably heard of counting calories, but what about counting your macros? With any nutrition…

Nutrition
How to Build Lasting Habits, While Breaking The Ones Holding You Back
Lifestyle
How to Build Lasting Habits, While Breaking The Ones Holding You Back

Have you ever wondered how some people seem to effortlessly follow through with their workout…

Lifestyle
[Daily Dose] Maktub – “It Was Written”.
Daily Dose
[Daily Dose] Maktub – “It Was Written”.

Maktub – “It Was Written”. This is an Arabic phrase that’s used throughout the book,…

Daily Dose
Should YOU Be Eating Dairy? Does It Ruin Your Progress?
Nutrition
Should YOU Be Eating Dairy? Does It Ruin Your Progress?

Dairy, Dairy, Dairy…. I always hear so damn much talk and questions about it and…

Nutrition
The Training Solution For Those Who "Don’t Have The Time"
Lifestyle
The Training Solution For Those Who "Don’t Have The Time"

Making enough time for fitness seems to be a pretty common roadblock amongst people. In…

Lifestyle
The Funeral Question
Lifestyle
The Funeral Question

So…. It’s Monday…. Another week, but unlike the mass majority of the population… this gets…

Lifestyle
‘Cheat Meals’, Refeeds & Diet-Breaks – What Actually Works
Nutrition
‘Cheat Meals’, Refeeds & Diet-Breaks – What Actually Works

“Cheat Meal”… The two most holy words in the diet vocabulary that every single client…

Nutrition
Steps to Success
Lifestyle
Steps to Success

Most people do not truly understand what it takes to become successful, I’m yet to…

Lifestyle
The Volume Battle (How Training Progression Works)
Training
The Volume Battle (How Training Progression Works)

This article is a dive into the science of volume for optimizing hypertrophy. I encourage…

Training
Eliminating Your Cravings, For Good (5 Simple Strategies)
Coaching
Eliminating Your Cravings, For Good (5 Simple Strategies)

When fat loss is the goal, cravings can be your worst nightmare… and even when…

Coaching
[Daily Dose] WTF is President’s Day…?
Daily Dose
[Daily Dose] WTF is President’s Day…?

WTF is President’s Day…? Yesterday, one of my employees texted me asking if we had…

Daily Dose
[Daily Dose] Winners Arent Afraid To Lose
Daily Dose
[Daily Dose] Winners Arent Afraid To Lose

Winner’s Aren’t Afraid To Lose. This actually comes straight out of a Chris Stapleton song,…

Daily Dose
Cracking The "Carbohydrate Code"
Nutrition
Cracking The "Carbohydrate Code"

I get a ton of nutrition questions on a daily basis, but the topic that…

Nutrition
Intermittent Fasting – Everything You NEED To Know
Nutrition
Intermittent Fasting – Everything You NEED To Know

Intermittent Fasting… Talk about a dietary can of worms! Typical bodybuilders and “Meat Heads” hate…

Nutrition
Discovering True Human Optimization [Harsh Reality]
Nutrition
Discovering True Human Optimization [Harsh Reality]

Human Optimization is a word that’s thrown around a lot today. Some say it’s being…

Nutrition
[VIDEO BLOG] Losing Stubborn Body Fat
Nutrition
[VIDEO BLOG] Losing Stubborn Body Fat

Stubborn Body Fat – AKA Our Biggest Enemy. You know… Spare tire, love handles, hips,…

Nutrition
How To Properly Warm Up, For Strength Training
Training
How To Properly Warm Up, For Strength Training

Warming up for a strength training session is often a boring, yet unbelievably critical, task…

Training
[Daily Dose] You can’t win, if you’re afraid to lose.
Daily Dose
[Daily Dose] You can’t win, if you’re afraid to lose.

You can’t win, if you’re afraid to lose. This actually comes straight out of a…

Daily Dose
"Fat-Burning Foods" [ Truth or Myth? ]
Nutrition
"Fat-Burning Foods" [ Truth or Myth? ]

Do you ever read media titles that say things like, “Eat Salmon to burn MORE…

Nutrition
Consistency
Lifestyle
Consistency

You’ve tried everything in the book, twice, and you still haven’t reached the fitness goal…

Lifestyle
17 Diet Lies’ They Told You, And You Believed.
Nutrition
17 Diet Lies’ They Told You, And You Believed.

  Fasting before cardio will burn more body fat. Plain and simple, this is just…

Nutrition
The Final Chapter…
Lifestyle
The Final Chapter…

  I love this saying above, because I’ve often referred to life as a book….

Lifestyle
A Simple Guide To Women’s Health (FAQ)
Nutrition
A Simple Guide To Women’s Health (FAQ)

When it comes to writing nutrition plans, we at TCM believe that everyone deserves an…

Nutrition
Your Gut (The 2nd Brain) Determines Body Fat, Health, Disease and More…
Nutrition
Your Gut (The 2nd Brain) Determines Body Fat, Health, Disease and More…

The human gut, or “The Second Brain” as most are calling it – which makes…

Nutrition
2 Ways to Make Your Diet Easier & More Successful
Nutrition
2 Ways to Make Your Diet Easier & More Successful

2 Ways to Make Your Diet Easier & More Successful 1.) TRACK WHAT YOU EAT!…

Nutrition
CASE STUDY CLIENT [Breaking The Diet-Rebound Cycle]
Coaching
CASE STUDY CLIENT [Breaking The Diet-Rebound Cycle]

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Nutrition
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College is full of beer, parties and cheap microwave dinners and although that may sound…

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Training
The Mind Muscle Connection: The Key To Better Awareness, Injury Prevention, and Progress

When it comes to increasing muscle mass and getting stronger, there are a number of…

Training
[Daily Dose] The Greats and YOU… Are the same.
Daily Dose
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[Daily Dose] MJ, Kobe, Tom Brady… You.
Daily Dose
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My Diet Story. The Good, The Bad, The Ugly…
Nutrition
My Diet Story. The Good, The Bad, The Ugly…

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The Ultimate Fat Loss Plan (The Final 5%)
Nutrition
The Ultimate Fat Loss Plan (The Final 5%)

I received a question on instagram the other day that said, “What would be your…

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Resistance Training vs. Cardio PT.2 [Ending The Debate]
Training
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What’s better – Resistance Training or Cardio, ending the debate once and for all The…

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Your Bikini Competition Crash Course (What-To-Know Before Competing)
Coaching
Your Bikini Competition Crash Course (What-To-Know Before Competing)

Heading into my first bikini competition I had at least one hundred random questions.  Even…

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Does Cortisol Affect Fat Loss?
Hormones
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Entrepreneur’s NEED To Take Their Health Seriously, More Than Most.

If you’re a business owner, entrepreneur of any kind, intrepreneur on a serious grind for…

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5 Travel Strategies To Avoid Falling Off The Wagon
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5 Travel Strategies To Avoid Falling Off The Wagon

Travel is a part of life no matter if it’s for work or pleasure, with…

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Top 7 Nutrition Mistakes CrossFit Athletes Make
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Top 7 Nutrition Mistakes CrossFit Athletes Make

CrossFit is an incredibly demanding sport and taxing on the body. A combination of pure…

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Pre | Intra | Post – Mastering Your Workout Nutrition
Nutrition
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High carb vs. low carb is a seemingly endless debate on my Instagram feed, with…

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5 Ways To Burn MORE Fat Daily
Nutrition
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Today, you will learn 5 ways you can burn more fat on a daily basis……

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Nutrition
Periodizing Your Nutrition (The Key To Results That Last)

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Drinking Alcohol and Losing Fat: Your Definitive Guide
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Drinking Alcohol and Losing Fat: Your Definitive Guide

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Shut Up and Listen!
Lifestyle
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After reading the title your problem wondering, “What in the hell will Boom Boom be…

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[Daily Dose] If people hate, it means you’re winning.
Daily Dose
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If people hate, it means you’re winning. When I say hate, I don’t just mean…

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[VIDEO BLOG] What is a refeed day? (NOT a cheat day!)
Nutrition
[VIDEO BLOG] What is a refeed day? (NOT a cheat day!)

Coach: “Alright! Day 1 starts tomorrow! I got your nutrition prescription as well as a guide…

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I am officially six days away from the half way marker of this 12-week journey……

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[Daily Dose] Patience, Persistence, & Positive People.
Daily Dose
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Whenever I get questions about supplements it always makes me laugh because it leads to…

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The Definitive Guide To Creatine Monohydrate
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The Definitive Guide To Creatine Monohydrate

Creatine Monohydrate… might just be our favorite supplement.  Why? Well, because we can recommend it…

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The Elimination Diet

“Why on earth would I want to completely remove all that stuff, which I enjoy…

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How To Create The Best Training Atmosphere
Training
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When it comes to training there are so many aspects to think about, especially if…

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13 Bulletproof (Yet Simple) Strategies To Maintain Progress During Vacation
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13 Bulletproof (Yet Simple) Strategies To Maintain Progress During Vacation

Swimsuit. Sun Glasses. Print Airline Tickets. Pack Car. As you go through your vacation to-do…

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“So, it’s happening to you too? Your metabolism keeps slowing down each and every birthday?” …

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The "Handful" Diet
Nutrition
The "Handful" Diet

What you will find here today is, in my opinion, the easiest possible diet to…

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Cortisol – The Double Edged Sword of Fat Loss and Muscle Growth
Physiology
Cortisol – The Double Edged Sword of Fat Loss and Muscle Growth

Cortisol… one of the most feared hormones, also one of the most misunderstood. It’s also…

Physiology
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Fish oil supplements are widely used for their health and wellness benefits. Fish oil is…

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7 Steps to a Stress Free Life
Lifestyle
7 Steps to a Stress Free Life

Stress is everywhere and within every person out there. Very few people are completely stress…

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[VIDEO BLOG] Strength Training For Fat Loss
Training
[VIDEO BLOG] Strength Training For Fat Loss

When it comes to fat loss… you shouldn’t “Train for Fat Loss”… You should “Train…

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[Daily Dose] No Fluff, Just Planning + Execution.
Daily Dose
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No Fluff, Just Planning + Execution. I’m going to keep this short and sweet today….

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Training
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Watch the video below to get access to an exclusive functional hypertrophy training program [for…

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One thing I always hear in the gym that irritates the hell out of me…

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Navigating Through The Holidays (Realistic Holiday Health Outcomes)
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This isn’t your typical “Thanksgiving Survival Guide” nutrition blog that’s going to save you from…

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"Selfish" or "Self-Interested"

Are you Selfish? Or Self-Interested…? Have you ever felt selfish for trying to start something…

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Daily Dose
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You should love how you look! If you don’t know what copywriting is, it’s the…

Daily Dose
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Nutrition
Is Your Metabolism Damaged?

Metabolic Damage [Refeeds, Cheat Meals, Reverse Dieting & How To Utilize Them For Results] So…

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Daily Dose
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10 Things Most Coaches Won’t Tell You (The Reality Of Fat Loss)

Today on my instagram story, I shared this current progress picture of myself… (Top is now, bottom…

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Heat/Cold Therapy To Reduce DOMS and Improve Recovery + Health Benefits Of Fasting – March Research Review
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*Note from Brandon: if you want to learn how to interpret research go read each…

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The Hypertrophy Guide
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First, let’s define hypertrophy and why you may want to strive for it: hy·per·tro·phy /hīˈpərtrəfē/…

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How and Why To Use Diet Breaks [Research Review: The ICECAP Trial]
Nutrition
How and Why To Use Diet Breaks [Research Review: The ICECAP Trial]

Research Review #10 Brandon Roberts, Ph.D., CSCS*D Chief Science Officer *Note from Brandon: if you…

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THE GREAT SUGAR DEBATE : Is Sugar Safe? Will it Ruin Results? What is Proven?
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Sugar has been scaring us for decades, from the claims of it impacting and being…

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Probiotics and Fermented Foods (Worth The Hype?)
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Probiotics and Fermented Foods (Worth The Hype?)

Your gastrointestinal (GI) tract is a complex organ system that digests food from your mouth…

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I’m just over 2 weeks away from my first physique competition and the closer I…

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The "Body Fat Set Point"…. Myth or Truth?
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The "Body Fat Set Point"…. Myth or Truth?

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Hormones
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Today we are going to talk about how you can maximize the effectiveness of your…

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Training
3 Reasons You NEED Mobility To Lose More Fat

What is Mobility?   If your goal is fat loss, you NEED to incorporate mobility…

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“Some races are lost with a 0.05% difference, sometimes less. In a lot of sports,…

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Why You Are Fat, Lazy and Tired All The Time.
Lifestyle
Why You Are Fat, Lazy and Tired All The Time.

I know the title of this article is a little harsh, blunt and “in your…

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[Daily Dose] Why you hate Monday.
Daily Dose
[Daily Dose] Why you hate Monday.

Why you hate Monday. Hating Monday is a sign that you have a lack of…

Daily Dose
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How Sore Should You Be After A Workout?

Many people question whether or not getting sore after a workout (training session) is a…

Training
[Daily Dose] Self-Made is Made Up.
Daily Dose
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Self-Made is Made Up. If you’re a hip-hop head (i.e. someone who loves rap music),…

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How Paleo Can Excel YOUR Results, Long-Term!
Nutrition
How Paleo Can Excel YOUR Results, Long-Term!

Paleo, paleo, paleo… Paleo is everywhere now! But really, what is paleo? Is it even…

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The Thanksgiving Blueprint: [ How To Avoid Ruining YOUR Results ]
Nutrition
The Thanksgiving Blueprint: [ How To Avoid Ruining YOUR Results ]

Turkey Day is upon us and if you’re as excited as I am, then you’re…

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Finding Clarity & Presence [Day 2 Resurrection Week]
Lifestyle
Finding Clarity & Presence [Day 2 Resurrection Week]

The second day of the most eye opening week of my life has arrived and…

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Lifestyle
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Tune in to what a Day in My Life looks like… We go from my…

Lifestyle
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Lifestyle
Emotional Intelligence, Positivity, Being Present… Happiness.

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Lifestyle
[Daily Dose] Win The Rest of 2022, By Doing This.
Daily Dose
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Win The Rest of 2022, By Doing This. I think most people fail to reach…

Daily Dose
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Coaching
What To Do After The CrossFit Open

We’ve talked about periodization a few times prior to this post on the BBP blog,…

Coaching
25 Reasons Low Carb Diets Suck
Nutrition
25 Reasons Low Carb Diets Suck

Low Carb Diets… I’m not a fan. Just being honest. Why? Well, let me give…

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Why You Can’t Keep The Weight Off
Nutrition
Why You Can’t Keep The Weight Off

“Weight regain is generally the rule, with long-term follow up studies indicating that one-third to…

Nutrition
EPISODE 4: Create Habits, Achieve Results
Lifestyle
EPISODE 4: Create Habits, Achieve Results

Week 4 has begun! That means I got through the first quarter of the game,…

Lifestyle
Your “Part by Part” Guide To More Muscle, Less Fat.
Training
Your “Part by Part” Guide To More Muscle, Less Fat.

First and foremost, let’s talk about whom this article is for. Plain and simple, this…

Training
Top Strategies For Mastering Your Meal Prep
Nutrition
Top Strategies For Mastering Your Meal Prep

When counting macros, consistency is the name of the game! I’m sure you’ve heard nutrition…

Nutrition
[Daily Dose] They’re Tools, Not Time Machines!
Daily Dose
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They’re Tools, Not Time Machines! “Tools and time machines…? What the hell are you talking…

Daily Dose
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Nutrition
Biofeedback (The Most Important Metrics You’re Not Tracking)

“Biofeedback…? What exactly is that and why should I care about it?” Biofeedback – a…

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What I’ve Learned From Setting Targets Too Big
Lifestyle
What I’ve Learned From Setting Targets Too Big

Things that take hard work, scare you quite a bit, push you further and harder…

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Maximizing Your Performance During The CrossFit Open
Nutrition
Maximizing Your Performance During The CrossFit Open

Five weeks of serious CrossFit action coming at us as we’re only a month away…

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Clean Eating VS. Tracking Macros
Nutrition
Clean Eating VS. Tracking Macros

So here’s my take on the “Clean Eating” diet… It can make you fatter, not…

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Resistance. The #1 Thing Holding Us Back.
Coaching
Resistance. The #1 Thing Holding Us Back.

Overcoming resistance is success, period. To achieve a result, we need to overcome resistance. And…

Coaching
The Hero’s Journey To Total Transformation
Nutrition
The Hero’s Journey To Total Transformation

If you’re a movie geek like me, you know exactly what the hero’s journey truly is….

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The Truth About Calorie Calculators
Nutrition
The Truth About Calorie Calculators

The truth about calculating calories is frustrating, sadly. But as sad as it may be,…

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[Daily Dose] 90% of your results boil down to this.
Daily Dose
[Daily Dose] 90% of your results boil down to this.

90% of your results boil down to this. I posted on instagram that 90% of…

Daily Dose
7 Reasons You’re Not Losing Weight
Nutrition
7 Reasons You’re Not Losing Weight

I wrote an email for my subscribers the other day called “White Noise”. It went…

Nutrition
[Daily Dose] If you take offense, you probably don’t take action
Daily Dose
[Daily Dose] If you take offense, you probably don’t take action

If you take offense, you probably don’t take action Nothing is going to slow you…

Daily Dose
10 Ways To Kill Cravings
Nutrition
10 Ways To Kill Cravings

When you’re on a diet, one of the most annoying things you’re going to come…

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The PMS Cure (Natural Ways To Improve Your Hormones and Your Periods)
Nutrition
The PMS Cure (Natural Ways To Improve Your Hormones and Your Periods)

Pinch me, I think I’m dreaming!! – The first time I read that I can…

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Science Behind Fat Cells & Ibuprofens Effect on Hypertrophy (Research Roundup)
Nutrition
Science Behind Fat Cells & Ibuprofens Effect on Hypertrophy (Research Roundup)

Each month I will cover two research articles on nutrition, training, sleep, supplements, or anything…

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Research Roundup (Exercise Order and Fast vs. Slow Weight Loss)
Nutrition
Research Roundup (Exercise Order and Fast vs. Slow Weight Loss)

Each month I will cover two research articles on nutrition, training, sleep, supplements, or anything…

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[Daily Dose] Gratitude Is MOTIVATION.
Daily Dose
[Daily Dose] Gratitude Is MOTIVATION.

Gratitude Is MOTIVATION. People are constantly seeking things to motivate them more… You probably do…

Daily Dose
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Nutrition
The Busy Man’s Fit Guide

“You practically live in the gym, Cody. And even when you’re not literally there, you’re…

Nutrition
[Daily Dose] Just Show Up.
Daily Dose
[Daily Dose] Just Show Up.

Just Show Up. Hey. I’ve been sitting here staring at a blank screen for at…

Daily Dose
Body Fat Overshooting (Post Diet Consequences)
Nutrition
Body Fat Overshooting (Post Diet Consequences)

We live in what feels like the peak of a fad diet culture, where media…

Nutrition
Understanding Your Neurotype (Personality Testing For Individualized Results)
Coaching
Understanding Your Neurotype (Personality Testing For Individualized Results)

Your “Neurotype” is a way to learn what your personality type is and how you…

Coaching
Low Calorie Foods That Fill You Up
Nutrition
Low Calorie Foods That Fill You Up

When you think about hunger, what comes to mind?  Pain in your abdomen or a…

Nutrition
What Type of Protein Powder is Most Effective?
Nutrition
What Type of Protein Powder is Most Effective?

While there aren’t many supplements we at BBP recommend to clients, protein powder is one…

Nutrition
Do Macro-Based Diets Actually Work? (The What, Why, & How of IIFYM)
Nutrition
Do Macro-Based Diets Actually Work? (The What, Why, & How of IIFYM)

Macro based diets are pretty common inside of the nutrition world right now (have been…

Nutrition
[VIDEO BLOG] In Defense Of Rigid Meal Plans…
Nutrition
[VIDEO BLOG] In Defense Of Rigid Meal Plans…

Rigid Meal Plans… you know, eating 6 meal s a day out of plastic containers…

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Rules Of Flexible Dieting: While Traveling
Nutrition
Rules Of Flexible Dieting: While Traveling

So here it is, one of the biggest struggles for anyone attempting to lose weight,…

Nutrition
The Secret To Success
Coaching
The Secret To Success

  This weekend, I learned the secret to success. Not how the most rapid fat…

Coaching
Is It Healthy To Be A Vegetarian? (Putting Ethics Aside)
Lifestyle
Is It Healthy To Be A Vegetarian? (Putting Ethics Aside)

What is the healthiest way to eat? What is the best way to eat to…

Lifestyle
The Athlete’s Guide To Weight Cutting
Coaching
The Athlete’s Guide To Weight Cutting

This is not a guide for how to quickly lose 10 pounds of fat, so…

Coaching
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Training
Training in a Hotel or Apartment Gym (VLOG – Complete Workout, Coached Through)

This Workout Program (Below) 1.) Ankle, Hip and Thoracic Mobility – 5-10 Min 2a.) DB…

Training
Getting Your Period Back
Nutrition
Getting Your Period Back

This article does not contain medical advice. If you are experiencing symptoms of amenorrhea, please…

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Research Roundup (Do Weight Vest Help Fat Loss and is Betaine Worth The Hype?)
Nutrition
Research Roundup (Do Weight Vest Help Fat Loss and is Betaine Worth The Hype?)

Each month I will cover a few of the top research articles on nutrition, training,…

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September Research Roundup (Alcohol & Fat Loss/Performance, Intermittent Fasting)
Nutrition
September Research Roundup (Alcohol & Fat Loss/Performance, Intermittent Fasting)

Each month I will cover two research articles on nutrition, training, sleep, supplements, or anything…

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[Daily Dose] Growth must be forced.
Daily Dose
[Daily Dose] Growth must be forced.

Growth must be forced. This is going to be short, to the point, and powerful…

Daily Dose
13 Things That Make A Perfect Diet
Nutrition
13 Things That Make A Perfect Diet

There is no such thing as a “perfect diet”… Even though I did record a…

Nutrition
Achieving Results As A Shift Worker [Circadian Rhythm, Hormones, Obesity…]
Lifestyle
Achieving Results As A Shift Worker [Circadian Rhythm, Hormones, Obesity…]

Almost 20% of people in Europe and the US work in scheduled shifts (shift work).1…

Lifestyle
The Ultimate Guide to Fitness and Nutrition Coaching
Coaching
The Ultimate Guide to Fitness and Nutrition Coaching

Why You Should Hire An Online Fitness and Nutrition Coach First and foremost, it should…

Coaching
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Coaching
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Physiology
7 Things Killing Your Testosterone [AND The Solutions]

Fill In Your Email Address Below To Receive Your FREE Downloadable Copy Of This Infographic…

Physiology
47 Simple Ways To Kick Start Your Fat Loss
Nutrition
47 Simple Ways To Kick Start Your Fat Loss

1.) Go Harder – You should be training hard. “Duh Boom Boom”… Yeah, well many…

Nutrition
How Low Can You Take Your Calories?
Nutrition
How Low Can You Take Your Calories?

People want to lose weight as fast as possible, but at some point it becomes…

Nutrition
Make Life Awesome
Lifestyle
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Are you doing everything in your power to be the best you possibly can be?…

Lifestyle
[Daily Dose] Eliminate These 2 Things In Order To Get Better Results
Daily Dose
[Daily Dose] Eliminate These 2 Things In Order To Get Better Results

Eliminate These 2 Things In Order To Get Better Results There are TWO very specific…

Daily Dose
Intermittent Fasting
Nutrition
Intermittent Fasting

  Intermittent fasting has been expanding in popularity right now more than ever and tons…

Nutrition
Time to Take Action!
Lifestyle
Time to Take Action!

These past few weekends I have had the opportunity to learn and hang with some…

Lifestyle
Practical Experiences and Applications Of Intermittent Fasting
Nutrition
Practical Experiences and Applications Of Intermittent Fasting

Intermittent fasting, time restricted eating, carb fasts, water fasts, 24 hour fasts, multi-day fasts… There…

Nutrition
The 5 Most Common Things Keeping You Fat
Nutrition
The 5 Most Common Things Keeping You Fat

Stop constantly doing these things and your body will drastically change for the better. The…

Nutrition
How to Intensify Your Workout: 7 Proven Training Techniques
Training
How to Intensify Your Workout: 7 Proven Training Techniques

How to Intensify Your Workout: 7 Proven Training Techniques What happens when you feel your…

Training
7 Not-So-Obvious Ways To Break Plateaus
Nutrition
7 Not-So-Obvious Ways To Break Plateaus

Plateaus suck. We’ve all been through them, some of us break through and others don’t….